Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Ontario Rat 3 Fixed Blade Knife Review

Ontario Knife has gained a reputation for making top-notch military and tactical knives. In my opinion, The
RAT-3 knife meets all the requirements for a good survival knife.

The Ontario Rat 3 is one of the smaller knives in this class at 7.8 inches in overall length and a blade length of 3.75 inches. The Rat 3 Survival Knife weighs only 5.3 ounces and is a good size for carrying on your side. The blade is made of 1095 High Carbon Steel and holds its edge for a long time but does take a little extra effort when sharpening. It wasn’t as sharp as I like it right out of the box but once I sharpened it to my liking, it has really kept its edge well. The blade has a black powder coating which seems to be holding up for now but I can see it starting to wear at the blade edge, which is to be expected. This particular version of the Ontario Rat 3 Knife has a small section of serrations on the top of the blade which is where I prefer serrations to be if a knife has them. That is a personal preference but I hate to lose precious blade edge to serrations, especially on smaller blades like this one. Make sure you get the correct Rat 3 before ordering. There are different versions offered with and without serrations.

The sheath that came with my knife is a kydex sheath and I love it. It can be mounted sideways or upright and comes with a TekLok adapter which makes it easy to attach or detach the sheath from your belt. Some people have stated that they did not get the kydex sheath when they got their
Rat 3 knife. Instead they have said the sheath that they received is made of durable plastic but had no complaints about it. I would check the exact listing before ordering if you prefer the kydex sheaths like I do.

The handle is a nice green color and made of Micarta. The handle provides a nice strong grip. I personally prefer rubberized grips because I like the grip they provide even in wet conditions, but this grip feels nice. The balance of this knife is great and it definitely can handle some decent jobs for a smaller blade. You can even baton wood with decent results which might not seem possible due to the size and weight of this knife. This is a great survival knife with a great blade that holds its edge well and can take the stress of everyday use. It’s a great everyday carry knife to have in your collection.

To buy or get more information on the Ontario Rat 3 Knife with Canvas Linen Micarta Handle and 1095 Plain Blade
, click the link below.

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